Thursday, January 28, 2016

Straight Browsing from the Library: Royal Pain by Danielle Doolittle

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Prince Henry Fitzgerald, once high flying playboy, finds himself grounded and forced into rehab. Changing isn't in the cards but facing off with feisty horse trainer, Carleigh Philips, makes him see he's not as far gone as everyone-including himself-thought. When a series of accidents add up to foul play Henry must set aside his fear of failure and act quickly to save the woman who woke his heart.


"You asked why I was spending so much time with her. I’m teaching her how to trust — to love — for the first time. It’s slow, hard work, but it’ll be worth it in the end. The first time is always the hardest, especially for those who don’t know where to begin."

Carleigh met Henry’s searching gaze over the fence. She wasn’t sure if she was talking about the horse anymore. Somehow, she got the feeling Henry had never allowed himself to be vulnerable enough to accept love, even from his family, and that was the saddest thing of all. How long had he been shutting himself off from the people around him? Some of her compassion must have showed on her face, because right before her eyes, the harsh lines that had relaxed during her story appeared again. He was shutting down, and a part of Carleigh cried out at the loss.

He shrugged, as if her explanation was of no concern to him. "I didn’t really come out here to talk about the horse."

"I figured." Carleigh tilted her head, studying him. "Why did you come here?"

"Do you mean that question in the universal ‘why are we all here?’ way?"

"I’m serious, Henry."

"I gathered, Carleigh. That’s the trouble with you, you know. I’ve noticed you’re always very, very serious." Carleigh tried not to fidget as his gaze swept her body. "Except for the other night, that is. The other night, the only thing that was serious was the heat between us."


Danielle Doolittle has always had a knack for storytelling. When she completed her first work of fiction at age six about a bunny and particularly juicy carrot she was hooked. Years later, she's spinning tales of first loves, awkward moments, and the occasional creature that goes bump in the night.

She lives in the wilds of a Northwest Ohio college town with her husband and three small children where she consumes above average amounts of coffee and dark chocolate and spends way too much time on Twitter.

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  1. Is there a book you love that nobody else seems to?

    1. I'm not sure. I read a lot of really weird things. I have a degree in English specializing in Mondernism and Existentialism so you can imagine the creepy things I enjoy reading.

  2. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Great excerpt, sounds really good. Entering under the name of Virginia

  4. Great excerpt, sounds really good. Entering under the name of Virginia

  5. interesting :) Thanks for sharing!

  6. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for sharing.

  7. I'm curious about whether the author has horses, and if so, maybe a fact or two about it/them. Thanks for the excerpt!

    1. Hi E. l. F!

      I don't have horses. BUT I spent a lot of time in rural Michigan growing up and had a family friend who had a horse farm. I actually learned to ride at a very young age. On draft horses. Bareback. 😳